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Subject: yeah this is what it's all about
starting mellow and moving into a full steam roar!!! I love bobby on the Dire Wolf Vocals!! Great Show, Great Sound, Great Set List! I give it a 5 Star Rating
Subject: Dire Wolf
Correct me if i'm wrong but this sounds like the performance included on the remastered bonus track version of Workingman's Dead. This is my favorite Dire Wolf ever - just gorgeous pedal steel playing!
Jeffrey Olson -
Subject: First Dead Concert Attended
This was the first Dead concert I ever attended. I managed to attend the Be-In at the Polo Grounds with a friend and his family three or four years previously, and that marked my movement from 14 year old doofus to cool pothead. But this was my first Dead concert.
Five friends and I - all guys - went and were blown away. There were maybe 200 - 300 people at the concert, in the big, old cavernous vets auditorium. I don't remember much about the music - more the experience. My friends and I sat down about 20' from the stage and smoked hash all night, periodically getting up to dance, gazing with maniacal gleams into each other's eyes - WE'RE AT A DEAD CONCERT!!!
I remember the light show and the darkness of the auditorium, the women dancing - so far away for this 17 year old - and the headiness of knowing I'd finally arrived...
Subject: dire on fire
love the setlist and the dire wolf is absolutely simply the best version ive ever heard bobby singing lead and garcia on the pedal steel great slewfoot and mama tried u can tell they were just havin a great time
WOW, this is a song i've seen on setlists but never had the tape. What a hot number!Bobby is full of confidence. I think this is when "Ace" finally emerged. The show is an interesting look at a band in transition. Hearing TC's drippy chords with the Dead's growing country sound really is Great American Cosmic Music!
Subject: Primal dead era officially over
new sounds mixed with classic primal 1968-mid 1969 sound.
Dr. Bilvis -
Subject: Brilliant '69 Dead in a Nutshell
This is a great show that shows the range of the Dead's emerging power in 1969. Just the amazing and jarring shift from the potent drive of "The Eleven" to the country-folksy twang "Green Green Grass of Home" exemplifies the two faces of the Dead, the two sides of the Steal Your Face Head-- the ying and yang of the brain split by the lightening bolt of brilliance, of lifegiving and death-taking.
For sure, the show reveals the best of both the emerging country Dead and the established psychedelic Dead. And this is great country rock, played lovingly as country rock was emerging in the ashes of Psychedelia in '69. The Dead were at the country-rock forefront with the Byrds, Burritos and others. Yet this is also grand psychedelic musical fare. While there is certainly no "ordinary" "Dark Star" in the canon of the live Dead, this one is familiar '69 "Dark Star" stuff but hardly "ordinary"; the fast pulsating jam of the song's second half, which mutates at times into "The Other One" and hints at other familiar melodies and rhythms, is outstanding and makes this "Dark Star" a standout. An energetic Stephen/William Tell and a nuanced but abbreviated Eleven follow.
Others have mentioned the groovy vibe that gives this show a special feel; Jerry's steel guitar is a treat; and the "Baby Blue" encore is elegiac, soulful and gorgeous(listen for the gospelly organ sound there -- Is this TC, not sure?). But it's the dual country/psychadelic communal brain of this show that makes it a must for downloading.
Subject: Old school CJ!!!!
Man, DL this just for the Casey Jones alone! Crazy early version w/a long-ish lead-in instrumental and groovy slower jams in the middle...they're obviously still in the "working out" stages of this classic and it's a total blast to hear this infant version...it still rocks, just in a different way than the well-known faster versions of later years.
As stated already the Dire Wolf is also a must have for the Jerry steel pedal and Bobby vocals.
This is one of those "just when you think you've heard it all" shows...One star off only for some minor sound problems/anomalies but well worth the DL.
Subject: Mixed review
Slewfoot is priceless! But Bill loses the time badly in Dupree! Yikes! 5 stars anyway for Slewfoot.
Subject: great dark star
When I first popped the CD in, everything sounded great (there was also some history about it--Workingman's stuff, country music) except that the drums sounded off for the first few tunes- up to "sittin", actually. something just didnt click, not sure what... maybe billy and mickey had to get their "country legs", so to speak. but, when "sitting" came on, it was back to good ole double drummin! boss man is smokin as usual.
Now that dark star!! bout what you'd expect from a 69 dark star, up till a bit after the first verse, when phil goes into lovelight. jerry and bobby catch on for a bit, so do mickey and bill, and tho the guitars and bass leave, the drums stay on that fierce beat. that rockin beat shows up again in st steven, making it the coolest, strangest and probably best st steven i've heard from that era. (if you dont understand what i mean by beat listen to the show or think of puttin the alligator drum part into these songs)
Back to the country stuff. in "green green grass of home" the drums hook on to the FEEL and it sounds like the boys have been playin that stuff together for years. same goes for baby blue (truly beautifully played) great show, despite the shakey start
Mike Ashenfelder -
Subject: A tasty Dark Star
The drumming is especially flowing and fun. 1969 was a vintage year for creative Dead playing.
Subject: a bit of it all!
Good recording for the period. Slewfoot suffers from some technical problems, keeping it from a 5 star rating, but it has good energy and a great setlist.
Subject: Wow, what a knockout of new, old and strange
I had this one on tape on generation 2, but this one does sound quite good, espeically for it's time, minus a free mixing details in part of Slewfoot. This show I believe is required in any Deadheads library because it shows the Grateful Dead were an everyone band. It's a wonderful ride from start to finish. Santa Rosa is a perfect place for it to be as well. ;)
The country influence coming into is felt strong this date.. a rare Slewfoot (with Garcia on petal speed), a few then 'new' songs of Mama Tried, High Time, Dupree and Uncle, followed by an early Uncle John's that has a very nice laid back tropical feel to it. Next up it's Dire Wolf, with Bobby doing the vocals, Jerry back on petal steel! Then going waaaaaay back on the psychedelic side for a Dark Star > St. Stephen > The Eleven. What a great Dark Star it is too! ..then suddenly, The Eleven ends and it's wha?? Green Green Grass Of Home?? Woah, wild, WEIRd!! Baby Blue encore sounds like a very one from what's there (cut in the middle and before the end) In many ways, Baby Blue could be a clue to the crowd that "not only are we still your psychedelic favorates, but now we want you to dig our country twang too!"
Subject: Country Dead....One of my favorite shows.
This is a great show. I am happy to have the CD-R upgrade from my tape. But I must admit, although the sound quality here is good, my tape sounds better. The sound is more full and just as crisp on my cassette. The intro is great: "From good ole san francisco, the good ole grateful dead". The slewfoot is a great song only played a handful of times. Jerry plays pedal steal on slewfoot, green grass, as well as dire wolf, which lets bobby steal the vocals on dire wolf. The dark star is also very impressive. This is a must have for the summer of 1969.
Subject: From laid back to tripped out
This is a show I keep going back to. The first half is a casual, laid back run through of some newer material (including a rare "Slewfoot", a very cool intro to an early "Casey Jones", and Bobby singing lead on "Dire Wolf")followed by a "Dark Star>St Stephen>Eleven" that kicks. Sound quality is very good overall (I got rid of my own cass>wav>CD copy, which was the best I'd heard until now).